With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
Wish Me Away 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch okcmoa.com 236-3100 $5-$8
Coinciding with OKC Pride activities, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Thursday screens Wish Me Away, a documentary on country music superstar Chely Wright’s decision to come out as gay — arguably the first in her genre to do so.
I’m no admirer of her music, I completely, wholeheartedly respect her
for this act of bravery. Known for hit singles as “Jezebel” and “Single
White Female,” Wright built a winning career in a field that embraces
conservative politics with bear hugs. To announce she’s a lesbian is to
play Russian roulette with her livelihood, but as she tells the camera,
living a lifetime of dishonesty “about killed me.”
“I’ve never denied God and I am about family and I am
about the freedoms of my country, and I’m gay,” says Wright, as
religious as she is beautiful, but Nashville’s culture is such that
homosexuality negates those other beliefs. Thus, we see her cry in
anguish and wrestle with doubt as the film traces the monthlong lead-up
to her very public outing to Meredith Vieira on NBC’s Today.
To tell every step of Wright’s story from a sad childhood in small-town Kansas to the top of the Billboard charts,
feature-debuting directors Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf utilize
music video clips, concert footage and interviews with family members,
friends, radio DJs, music historians, managers and label execs.
past talk-show interview finds Dick Clark asking Wright about her love
life, and she awkwardly stumbles around a non-answer. Back in the now,
more uncomfortable is the resistance she hits after telling those close
to her about her sexuality, from her military-minded brother-in-law to
her New York book editor.
It’s a compelling journey to witness, especially
since Wright intended to let the secret die with her, and it’s nearly
impossible not to empathize on some level. While I love women as much as
Wright does, I have had the most extreme displeasure in feeling like an
outcast. It’s tough to live as yourself when the world around you
bullies you for not being Just Like Them.
Look past Wish Me Away’s occasionally
clumsy edges, like an iMovie title treatment, and support it for
challenging stereotypes. It’s not likely to change anyone’s mindset ...
but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it did?